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Dr. Gerhard Thonhauser

University of Vienna

Department of Philosophy

CRC 1171 "Affective Societies"

Postdoctoral Researcher

Universitätsstraße 7
1010 Vienna

Gerhard Thonhauser is an Erwin Schrödinger Fellow of the Austrian Science Fund at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Vienna and associated researcher at the CRC 1171 Affective Societies at Freien Universität Berlin. He holds a PhD in philosophy and MAs in philosophy and political science from the University of Vienna. He was the recipient of a DOC-fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and is an DAAD-Alumnus. He specializes in Phenomenology, Social and Political Philosophy, Social Ontology, and Philosophy of Emotions.

WS17/18: HS 16073 Politische Ontologie (together with Jan Slaby)

Gerhard Thonhauser specializes in Phenomenology, Social Philosophy, Political Philosophy, and Philosophy of Emotions.

Please see the description of my current research project and my academia.edu page for current research activities.


  • Gerhard Thonhauser, Über das Konzept der Zeitlichkeit bei Søren Kierkegaard mit ständigem Hinblick auf Martin Heidegger, Freiburg/München: Alber, 2011.
  • Gerhard Thonhauser, Ein rätselhaftes Zeichen. Zum Verhältnis von Martin Heidegger und Søren Kierkegaard, (Kierkegaard Studies. Monograph Series, vol. 33) Berlin: DeGuyter, 2016.

Editor (selection)

  • Hans Bernhard Schmid and Gerhard Thonhauser (eds.), From Conventionalism to Social Authenticity. Heidegger’s Anyone and Contemporary Social Theory, (Studies in the Philosophy of Sociality, vol. 10), Berlin: Springer, 2017.
  • Gerhard Thonhauser (ed.), Perspektiven mit Heidegger. Zugänge – Pfade – Anknüpfungen, Freiburg: Alber, 2017.

Papers (Selection)

  • Gerhard Thonhauser, “Transforming the World: A Butlerian Reading of Heidegger on Social Change?”, in: Hans Bernhard Schmid and Gerhard Thonhauser (eds.): From Conventionalism to Social Authenticity. Heidegger’s Anyone and Contemporary Social Theory, Cham: Springer, 2017, 241-259.
  • Gerhard Thonhauser, “Shared Emotions: A Steinian Proposal”, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, First Online: 8. February 2018, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11097-018-9561-3.
  • Gerhard Thonhauser, “Shared Emotions and Collective Affective Intentionality”, I Quaderni della Ginestra, 22, 2018, 100-113.
  • Gerhard Thonhauser, “From Collectives to Groups. Sartre and Stein on Joint Action and Emotional Sharing”, in: Sebastian Luft and Ruth Hagengruber (eds.): Women Phenomenologist on Social Ontology, Clam: Springer, 2018, 183-194.
  • Gerhard Thonhauser: “The Power of Public Assemblies: Democratic Politics following Butler and Arendt”, in: Thomas Bedorf and Steffen Herrmann (eds.): Political Phenomenology: Experience, Ontology, Episteme, forthcoming.
  • Jan Slaby and Gerhard Thonhauser: „Heidegger and the affective (ungrounding) of politics“, in: Christos Hadjioannou (ed.): Philosophers in Depth: Heidegger on Affect, Palgrave-Macmillan, forthcoming.

Handbook and Lexicon Entries

  • Gerhard Thonhauser: “Feeling”, in: Jan Slaby and Christian von Scheve (eds.): Affective Societies – Key Concepts, London/New York: Routledge, forthcoming.
  • Gerhard Thonhauser: “Martin Heidegger and Otto Friedrich Bollnow”, in: Thomas Szanto and Hilge Landweer (eds.): The Routledge Handbook of Phenomenology of Emotions, London/New York: Routledge, forthcoming.
  • Gerhard Thonhauser and Hans Bernhard Schmid: “Sozialphilosophie und Soziologie”, in: Emmanuel Alloa, Thiemo Breyer, Emanuele Caminada (eds.): Handbuch Phänomenologie, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, forthcoming.